More surgery expected for Scalise; Trump visits hospital

Republican congressman Steve Scalise is in a fight "more hard than first thought" as he recovers from a gunshot wound, U.S. President Donald Trump said after visiting him at a Washington, D.C., hospital on Thursday. Young also said: "I encourage all of us to be kind to one another; I think we could all use a little more kindness these days".

Trump, who visited Scalise at the hospital on Wednesday, said Scalise was "in some trouble but he's going to be okay, we hope".

The first couple also met with Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, who was wounded in a police shoot-out with the gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson, 66.

"Everyone on that field is a public servant", President Trump said, "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

Also critically injured yesterday, Matt Mika. Officials at the hospital said the bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, causing severe bleeding and injuring internal organs.

The congressional staffer, who works for Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, was shot in the leg and has since been released from the hospital.

Republicans and Democrats alike were shocked and saddened to learn that House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and several others were shot Wednesday morning while practicing for a charity baseball game.

Walker tweeted about the shooting Wednesday morning, thanking Capitol Police for its bravery. The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game, which raises money for charity, will go forward as planned Thursday evening and a big crowd is expected.

"If Scalise was not there, he's the one with security detail, we wouldn't have had any protection and God knows how bad that might have been", Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, told "Fox & Friends".

The president and first lady Melania Trump spent about half an hour at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The hospital lists Griner in good condition. Mika's family said the lobbyist was shot multiple times. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said, drawing a bipartisan standing ovation, CNN reports.

He sat next to Scalise's bed and spoke with the congressman's family, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Hodgkinson had been in the Alexandria area since March, living out of his van, said local FBI Special Agent In Charge Tim Slater. Two of the wounded were Capitol Hill police who were at the scene, witnesses said.

  • Zachary Reyes